Friday, 1 January 2021

You're Having A Giraffe!

 Good morning and a very Happy New Year! Hands up those who are delighted to see the back of 2020 -  yes me too! So it's a new month, a new year, and a new challenge over at Country View Crafts, and to kick us off, Corrie has chosen the challenge, which is to use one or more squares on our projects. I've made a birthday card as I need my first one for the year in a couple of days!

I had an idea in my head that I wanted to make a tropical kind of background, so I pulled out my square inkpads in yellow, orange, and browns and splodged away! I've had the VersaColour ones since time began, so I thought they might have dried out. Of course, it was the strongest, darkest, juiciest one in existence, and just to make sure I wasn't imagining things, I splodged it again doh! Never mind I'm sure something will cover it up.

Next, I used all the background stamps from the Pink Ink Giraffe stamp set along with my Distress Oxides to add a bit more colour. At this point I'm thinking "what a mess, and I wish I had a Plan B"

So, I trimmed it all down and added a die-cut frame.  I stamped and watercoloured my giraffe, and popped her out of the frame with foam pads. I added a few die cut leaves, and used my favourite Tim Holtz dies for the sentiment. I'd triple embossed this to make it nice and shiny, but some embossing powder had got underneath too so it really didn't want to stick down. I mean, really, really, didn't want to grrrrrr!

Anyway, once I'd cleared away the 10 different types of glue that I'd used - did I mention that it didn't want to stick?? I added an acetate jacket, just because I like acetate and it's not like I hadn't already spent 2 days on a card that didn't want to stick!!!

Told you I'd cover the brown blob up somehow, here's a well-placed giraffe!
I really like how this turned out in the end, and I hope the recipient does too. She'd better, or it's the Card Factory for her next year!
Please join in with our challenge, you don't have to make it as hard for yourself as I did, just show us your squares.
Take care, and have a very happy new year! 


  1. Gorgeous card. We're all happy to see the backside of 2020!Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. Happy New Year Sue! What a great way to use squares ! Love the finished card too ! Have a great January ! Corrie xx

  3. Ha ha what a tale Sue, it turned out fab though! Happy new year xx

  4. Hahaha, this is so super cute at the end, not a mess at all of course, and really really you made me giggle Sue!!!! :D
    Happy Happy Happy New Year 2021!!!
    I'll continue to belong to your fans, Lol. Please don't stop blogging!
    Hugs, Coco xx

  5. Awesome card, Sue!!! I love the background you created with the mini ink pads!!! Sometimes I'm struggling too with text cutouts too but it was funny how you told your version :-D Happy New Year and big hugs xx

  6. Oh Sue I live how you did your squares, such a great idea. What a cutie that giraffe is too. Love it! Hugs Febsxx

  7. Ooh technical hitch there meant Debs lol x

  8. There might have been a problem on the way but the end was perfect. Happy New year my friend. Hugs, Angela xXx

  9. I have no doubt whatsoever that she will love it, you do have a happy knack of recovering, I would have given up long since! The result is perfect, I love the giraffe and your stitching is always a great addition! Love this.

    Happy New Year to you too my friend, I look forward to another year of inspiration from you. Hugs, Anne xxx

  10. Happy New Year, Sue! Oh, what trouble with your card! But it turned out great though.
    Have a wonderful 2021, take care.
    Evelyn xx

  11. That is a great card, I just love the giraffe :)

    We enjoyed a lovely walk on Sunday, but brrr it was cold.
    Hoping that 2021 will be a better year than last, doing our best to stay positive, healthy and happy :)

    Have a good week ahead ... apparently it will soon be Easter!
    Yes, Easter Eggs have already been seen in certain shops! EEK!

    All the best Jan


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